Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wants to add a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very intuitive tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our shared hosting and the only 2 things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.